Program Purchasing Manager - Supplier Diversity

Yazaki is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.


Yazaki works with virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, and we've strived to maintain strategic and stable growth throughout our 83-year history. Today, we're on the lookout for energetic people with the potential to perform, as well as the ability to strengthen - and thrive in - the positive work environment we pride ourselves on.

Location: Canton, MI, USA  





Manage assigned Business Unit OEM program(s) from pre-award up to EOL (end of life) within the GPMS (Global Program Management System) compliance. Liaison between the Customer Business Unit, Engineering, manufacturing location and purchasing for externally purchased components. Responsible for managing and coordinating the necessary information to help ensure a smooth pre-build, best possible material costs and program launch through post SOP (Start of Production) support.




  1. Manage overall YPMS/GPMS Purchasing Task Compliance.
  2. Manage purchased parts: obtain BoM with forecast volume from BU Engineering/Program Management.
  3. Monitor and report targets and overall supplier status (timing, cost, capacity, logistics, PSW/PPAP and any potential supplier issue).
  4. Identify Cost Improvement opportunities by localization, Direct Profit, Point of Purchase optimization/increasing Yazaki content and price/cost negotiations with the supply base prior to program launch. Link and leverage new business with existing business and supply base, to support Commodity objectives.
  5. Agree on program sourcing strategy (preferred suppliers, terms & conditions, etc.) in cooperation with Commodity Purchasing to offset OEM reduction requirements.
  6. Coordinate new components including prototypes: support Purchasing in identifying and benchmarking suppliers. Organize any required sourcing team meetings to approve sourcing decisions. Track and manage new external components from prototype to production.
  7. Report frequently on Purchasing/Advanced Purchasing related YPMS/GPMS deliverables by conducting regular project reviews and functional review meetings using the established Purchasing templates and tools.
  8. Manage and support all assigned OEM RFQ’s including all necessary supplier RFQ’s.
  9. Support Post-SOP coverage for assigned programs.
  10. Provide BoM pricing updates.
  11. Support VA/VE activities toward cost reductions.
  12. Support sourcing of new provisional components via NCR process.
  13. Ensure contract availability for added and new components.
  14. Monitor, track and report progress and achievements.
  15. Maintain overall compliance according to all assigned Roles and Responsibilities in line with current Purchasing/Advanced Purchasing standards and Procedures.
  16. Provide and explore future strategy development in support of Management.
  17. All other duties as assigned.





Degree Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Quality, Program Management or related fields or 5-7 years automotive related work experience is required.


Certification Preferences:

Preferred:  Program Management Professional, Lean, Six Sigma, and or Shainin Red X.  Lean preferred


Previous Experience:

3+ years of Supplier Development experience in an automotive/manufacturing supply chain environment.  Knowledge of ISO/IATF quality systems.


Travel Requirements:

30-40%, Must be able to travel internationally: US, Mexico, Asia, Europe, South America



Required: English


Preferred: English, Spanish



Microsoft Office Suite


On Call Requirements:

As needed


Physical Requirements:

Office position, primarily sedentary


 (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disability to perform the essential functions)



Yazaki North America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. Yazaki North America complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from all forms of harassment.